With the exception of a few bright spots, such as Costco Wholesale Corp., the downbeat forecasts for the holiday season have turned out to be a prophecy fulfilled.
A slew of retailers across a wide variety of industry segments, including American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Victoria’s Secret parent L Brands Inc., Pier 1 Imports Inc. , Family Dollar Stores Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and Hhgregg , have given disappointing forecasts for the quarter after ringing up disappointing holiday-season sales.
American Eagle said strong traffic and sales over the Thanksgiving weekend were not sustained, with results through Christmas week missing internal expectations and forcing the chain to offer profit-eroding discounts.
A late surge in shopping in the week ended Dec. 28 also failed to stop industrywide holiday sales from seeing their slowest growth since 2009.
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